Saturday, May 6, 2023
Explore the importance of focusing on values rather than beliefs when we move toward Multifaith Engagement. What can humanists gain when we work with multifaith and interfaith groups that share our progressive values? How can humanists take the lead in building these working relationships that can change our communities for the better? We can bring about real social change when our work focuses on shared values.
Anthony Cruz Pantojas is the Humanist Chaplain at Tufts University. Anthony has been recognized with numerous awards, including an Interfaith Innovation Fellowship and spearheads an initiative for global majority first-generation emerging spiritual, ethical, and cultural leaders in college. Anthony earned master’s degrees in theological studies, and Leadership Studies from Andover Newton Theological School and Meadville Lombard Theological School, respectively. They hold a Certificate in Humanist Studies from the American Humanist Association Center for Education where they are the first graduate of the program. Anthony is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies. They serve as a board member of the Association of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education and representative to the International Association of Chaplains in Higher Education.
The Rev. Dr. Kathleen A. Rudoff is a humanist celebrant and chaplain; currently serving as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, Connecticut. Kathleen previously served on the Board of Directors, and then as Executive Director, of the Yale Humanist Community. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison University in New Jersey, her Master of Divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and her Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Studies from New York Theological Seminary where she was the only non-theist student! Her doctorate dissertation focused on collaboration between humanists and religious adherents.
Kathleen is a former member of the Center for American Progress’s Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute, served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, and has written for the Journal of Religious Humanism, as well as authored a series of daily meditation journals and a children’s book of humanist reflections on gratitude. Kathleen is currently part of the teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University in California, and is a certified positive psychology practitioner.